Wednesday, January 07, 2009

What Pleases the Lord?

Doesn't it seem that the troubles in this world that Jesus Christ warned us about have increased exponentially over the last few years? If this world, and everything in it, were all that "there is," how sad, depressed, and worried we should be at this time in our nation's history.

No matter what happens regarding the Obama ineligibility issue, I can STILL have the peace that surpasses all understanding because I belong to Jesus. No matter what transpires here on this earth, God is STILL on the throne of heaven - and His ultimate plan for our salvation and the salvation of His people - the Jews - will come to pass.

Non-believers often scoff at Christians for believing in the prophecies of the Bible. They don't believe in Christ, or the Rapture, or Christ's Second Coming. However, we have the proof that we need because God's Written Word has never failed us - and never will fail to achieve what is written in prophecy regarding the end times. With over 300 prophecies about Jesus (many of which have already been fulfilled - the rest to be fulfilled at his second coming) in the Bible, we can trust our Lord and Savior to do exactly what he has spoken through the Scriptures.

Who do YOU trust in this world?

Don't you find it very difficult to trust ANY politician these days? I think that the last presidential politician that I found quite trustworthy was Ronald Reagan. No one is perfect, but President Reagan was probably THE most trustworthy and when compared to our Founding Fathers through individual faith, hope, love, governance, and adherence to our U.S. Constitution, Reagan can be looked up to, highly regarded and fondly remembered for his pride, patriotism, security, and love for America.

Conservatives were thrilled with V.P. candidate Sarah Palin. She reflected many of the beliefs and policies of Reagan. How awesome it would have been to have her serve as vice president! She is a future, conservative candidate who will hopefully bring our nation back toward the Founding Father's original intent.

Today, I feel as though we are hopelessly surrounded by liars, cheats, usurpers, Marxists, Communists, socialists, licentious liberals and downright immoral politicians. And, those who should speak out against this onslaught of misery apparently refuse to do so.

Why?

Probably hundreds of reasons.

Perhaps the biggest reason is because they don't want to lose their jobs and source of income. The second reason is that they don't want to lose their power and prestige; therefore, they will go along with the crowd in order to keep the status quo - no matter how damaging, debilitating, and dangerous this will be - to our people, our military, our economy, our laws, our morality, our rights, our religious rights and freedoms, and our future as a nation.

The United States of America was built upon a love for God and the Judeo-Christian laws, ethics, and values. How very far we have drifted from the original intent of our Founding Fathers! If any one of our nation's founders could come back and see how our nation is being governed today, they would never believe it! Imagine how absolutely appalled they would be!

This nation was created as a Constitutional democratic republic. But we cannot survive as such unless we are a moral, God loving and God-fearing (revering) peoples.

In a previous comment thread, I shared the fact that one of the first acts of our new Congress was to suppress the Republican minority from influencing legislation and decisions over the next four years. This is just the tip of the iceberg, my friends. Look out and hold onto your wallet - we are about to be tsunami ed into economic, moral, and foreign policy turmoil by Big Government that wants nothing to do with republicanism nor conservative values. To them, the Constitution of the United States of America is either "just a piece of paper" or "a document that can be usurped" because a popular politician mesmerized and manipulated millions of voters through the use of appealing to their feelings rather than towards what is right, true and good for our nation. The Media of Mass Deception, unfortunately, helped keep the truth about Obama and his ilk from public scrutiny. Now, we are stuck with the possibility of a usurper being sworn into the highest office of the land.

I have no idea what will transpire between now and January 20th. Either SCOTUS will uphold our Constitution, or they will renege on their sworn oaths to do so and allow Obama into the White House.

I was thinking about what Christians will be doing over the next four years. It is quite possible that the Internet will come under Marxist government control and blogs like mine will be undermined or even shut down. It is quite possible that the "Fairness Doctrine" will eliminate conservative talk radio. Free speech will become "politically correct speech only" allowed.

I think that Christians will not only be suppressed from sharing the Bible (via "hate-crimes" legislation that is actually "thought crimes" in action) verses that "offend" some; but also will come under persecution as well. It is already happening. It will only get worse. The ACLU will see to it that Christians are silenced from openly sharing the gospel. Wait and see!

So what are we to do over the next four years?

I found a blog post (via "Dave" at Digg) that shares what is most important for Christians in this life. Through Scripture verses, it shares "What Pleases God." I found it very informative and comforting. I hope and pray that reading it will bless you and give you hope - the real kind - not the fake "hope" that has been touted by a politician whose views change direction every time the wind blows.

Jesus is the Rock of our salvation. Nothing can take us away from being His. He is the genuine Hope that lives within all believers. One day, we will each see him face to face at the culmination of all of history. When my work here on this earth is done, He will call me home. The excitement in my soul and spirit as I look forward to that day makes me shout, "I can't wait to see my Lord!" Meanwhile, I will continue to work at what pleases the Lord!

In Christ's service,

Christine

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Copy of post at "Beef on the Grill" blog:

Thursday, November 08, 2007

What pleases God? Let the Scriptures speak…

I read in Ephesians 5:10 where it says in the NIV, “and find out what pleases the Lord.” What pleases the Lord?

Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 13:16: …and do not forget to do good and share with others for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.

Romans 12:1-2: Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Psalm 69:30-31: I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.

Micah 6:7-8: Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.


I Timothy 5:4: But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.

I Timothy 2:1-3: I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior,

Colossians 1:10-13: And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

I Thessalonians. 4:1-12: Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more. Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Galatians 6:7-8: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Romans 15:2-4: Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me." For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

1 John 2:17: The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.


Posted by Judi Seehusen at 10:49 PM

(some bold mine)


Hat Tip: Judi at Beef on the grill blogspot

6 comments:

4simpsons said...

Great points and reminders about how and why to please the Lord.

Yes, times seem more out of control then ever, but in a weird way I'm more at peace. It is a reminder that God is truly in control and that I can trust in him regardless of what this world does.

Susan Smith said...

As Christine was talking about Jesus the Messiah, she said: “He is the genuine Hope that lives within all believers.”

Amen. We can trust Him no matter what is happening in this world.

True life is a mystery, because it is Christ in us the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Only believers can understand this fact. Much love to my friend on the West coast. (ss)

Christinewjc said...

You're right Neil. The fact that one day this world will "fall to dust and blow away" reiterates why our faith should not be "of - nor in -this world."

Christinewjc said...

"Christ in us the hope of glory." What great Scripture! Amen!

Love back to ya, Susan!

jeleasure said...

Hey Christine,
Good to see your blog tossing out a message that is right up my alley.
Yesterday, I was speaking to a co-worker who had to ride with me for the day. I can't remember what it was I said, but it had something to do with Christianity.
He said that my discussion is making a hostile work environment for him. I lightened up in a way. I only spoke of Christianity from a perspective he was willing to indulge in. He believes in Darwinism. He asked me, "How old do you think the Universe is?". I said,"millions of years old". His reply was, "I'm glad you did not say 6,ooo". To which I replied, "I'm not as narrow minded as most seminary students".
I'm not certain if my boss got word of my conversation with my co-worker. But, if it does, it will be interesting to see how it is handled. Because, my boss is a "faithful" Christian. We'll see.

Ted said...

JUST ONE DAY BEFORE CONGRESS VOTES ON ELECTORAL 'VOTE' CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS HAS DISTRIBUTED FOR CONFERENCE DR. ORLY'S LIGHTFOOT CASE!

MESSAGE -- NOW RENEWED AS AN ALERT -- TO EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS:

When counting the electoral votes, either Congress finds by 1/8/09 that Obama — not being an Article II “natural born citizen” (father Kenyan/British, not American, citizen) — fails to qualify as President whereupon Biden becomes the full fledged President under 3 USC 19 (free to pick his own VP such as Hillary) or thereafter defers to the Supreme Court to enjoin Obama’s inauguration with Biden becoming only Acting President under the 20th Amendment until a new President is duly determined.

The preferable choice (especially for the Democrats) -- IN WHAT WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT AND HISTORIC CONGRESSIONAL VOTE SINCE THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR -- should seem obvious.

*SPECIAL AUDIO LINK MESSAGE TO JOHN MCCAIN:

http://www.oilforimmigration.org/facts/?p=691